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A Loving Heart, An Adoring Spirit, An Obedient Will.

 

The Manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles.

From the rising of the sun, even to the going down, My name is great among the Gentiles, and in every place there is sacrifice, and there is offered to My name a clean oblation. Malachaias 1: 11

Arise, be enlightened, O Jerusalem: for your light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon you. Isaias 60: 1

Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. He who follows me does not walk in the darkness, but will have the light of life.” St. John 8: 12

O God, who are, from everlasting to everlasting, Creator and Upholder of all things, Source of all life and light; we worship and adore You. Great are You and greatly to be praised; Your greatness is unsearchable. Look mercifully upon us, we implore You and show us Your glory. Let the light of Your love arise and shine upon us, that the darkness of our souls may vanish before the beams of Your brightness; and blessed be your name, O Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, from this time forth, and for evermore. Amen.

God of all mercy and grace, who knows the thoughts and desires of our hearts, and are acquainted with all our ways; stir us to shame and true contrition for the shortcomings and sins which in Your presence rise up in judgment against us. We confess that, although You have given us light, we have often turned aside into darkness; our eyes have not been open to Your glory, nor have our minds freely received Your truth. Walking in carelessness, we have fallen into much error, and have failed to guide others into the way of life and joy. Forgive, we implore You, our failures in faith and loyalty, our unworthiness and sin.

Almighty and most merciful God, who desires not the death of a sinner; mercifully grant to us absolution of our sins and in the days to come give us grace to serve You more faithfully; through Jesus Christ our Saviour. Amen.

O God who guided the wise men to behold Your Son, our Lord; show us Thy heavenly light, and give us grace to follow until we find Him, and, finding Him, rejoice. And grant that, as they presented gold, frankincense, and myrrh, we now may bring Him the offering of a loving heart, an adoring spirit, and an obedient will, for His honour, and for Your glory, O God, Most High. Amen.

O Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the Highest, who came to give light to all that are in darkness; fill us with Your own infinite love to men; and since You have entrusted to us the knowledge of Your truth and the gifts of Your bounty, help us to use them as good stewards, that we may share in bringing all men to Your light and hastening the coming of Your kingdom; who with the Father, in the unity of the Spirit, lives and reigns, God forever and ever. Amen.